Taste of Spring to benefit Zionsville Youth Assistance Program, Eagle Elementary


By Heather Lusk


Beer and wine tastings and fundraising for local youth will come together at the second Taste of Spring May 20, hosted by the Zionsville Optimist Club.

“We had been circulating discussion about alternate fundraisers,” said Jim Haines, who ran last year’s event. The organization’s primary fundraiser is Hit the Bricks, a race and fun run.

Tim Ottinger, this year’s event co-chair, said 250 attendees raised $6,000 split between the Boys and Girls Club and the Optimist Club last year.

“We were pretty sure we wanted to do it again,” he said.

This year, the proceeds will be split between the Zionsville Youth Assistance Program, a new organization serving as an early intervention advocate for youth facing challenging life circumstances, and an Eagle Elementary fund for new playground equipment.

Both Haines and Ottinger are graduates of Eagle.

“We have a soft spot in our hearts for Eagle Elementary,” Haines said.

Ottinger said they were debating what organizations should be beneficiaries of the evening and heard from ZYAP at the March meeting and a “heartfelt” presentation by Eagle students in April.

“Playground equipment, how can you say no to that?” Ottinger said.

Craft beers from Sun King Brewery and Fountain Square Brewing Company, who participated last year, will be served along with newcomer Hoosier Brewing. Wine will be provided by Grapevine Cottage, with snacks and hors d’oeuvres available.

Anticipated items at the silent auction are gift cards for local restaurants, sports memorabilia and a weekend at French Lick.

Taste of Spring

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 20.

Where: Lions Club Building, 115 S. Elm St.

Cost: $30 in advance or $40 at the door.

More: zionsvilleoptimist.org